A new cast has been announced for Lucy Bailey’s production of Witness for the Prosecution, which runs at London County Hall on the South Bank. The play is about Leonard Vole, who stands trial for the murder of Emily French, a wealthy widow. However, the case is turned on its head with the appearance of an unexpected witness in the dock. From 27th March, Vole will be played by Harry Reid, best-known for playing Ben Mitchell in EastEnders for almost four years, who will be making his stage debut in the production.
When Witness for the Prosecution premiered in 1953, it was one of Agatha Christie’s proudest moments. Originally a short story, she had been convinced to turn it into a play set in a courtroom - an element that only played a small part in her initial story. This new production of her play focuses on that courtroom element, transforming London County Hall into the historic Old Bailey.